Tehran’s Friday Prayers Leader Blasts Saudi-Led Aggression against Yemen

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SHAFAQNA – Tehran’s provisional Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani deplored the Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen, and called on Arab nations to publicly show their opposition to the Al Saud’s aggression. 

Addressing a large and fervent congregation of the people on Tehran University campus on Friday, Ayatollah Emami Kashani said, “I am addressing the Arab nations; why are you keeping mum? You’ll be accomplice to the crimes if you continue to remain silent.” 

Saudi Arabia launched its bombing campaign against Yemen on March 26 in an attempt to restore power to fugitive President Mansour Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh. 

Hadi stepped down in January and refused to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries of the Houthi movement. 

Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures. 

The Monarchy’s attacks have so far claimed the lives of at least 3,075 civilians, mostly women and children. 

Meanwhile, according to a report by Yemen’s Freedom House Foundation, Saudi airstrikes have killed 3,512 Yemeni people, including 492 children and 209 women, since the beginning of the aggression until April 25. 

The report added that 6,189 people were injured, including 978 children and 713 women, during the same period. 

About 95,000 families have been displaced due to the Saudi-led airstrikes, according to the report. 

The foundation further said 4,898 residential buildings have been either destroyed or damaged and some 857 civil service and public utility facilities have been destroyed. 

On April 21, after four weeks of bombings, Riyadh declared end to military operations in Yemen, but Saudi warplanes are still bombing residential areas across the war-ravaged nation one week after. 

Sources – FNA

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